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Whether you're hard working at your ostentatious ministry desk, chatting up your pals in the great hall, or playing at doing a bit of tidying around the house, the screech owl that comes bursting though is bound to take you by surprise. The owl seems to be unfazed by the disturbance however, and continues to fly around before perching on the nearest piece of furniture, his large owl eyes boring into you.

A rolled up newspaper is tied to his leg with a familiar symbol flashing into your line of vision, it's an important news bulletin from the Daily Prophet. Remove the issue and you'll be rid of the unwanted guest. Give him a treat, and he won't leave you any presents on his flight out.
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The owls at the Owl Post Office are never late for a delivery, and there's no exception when it comes to delivering the Daily Prophet to it's subscribers. One could set their clocks to the owls that arrive through their windows every morning, paper in beak and always looking for a well deserved treat. Depending on the owl delivering, you may get nipped at or poo on your nice pajamas, or you may just get an early morning exercise attempting to retrieve your precious paper.

At least it's unsullied and pristine.

You might have been better off picking up a copy on your way to work, or sharing with a buddy who was lucky enough to not share your troublesome morning, but then what would you read over your eggs and toast?

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"D’Isigny Apprehended. Sentenced To Azkaban"
by Brutus Trimble



Martel D’Isigny, the leader of the Cult of Walpurgis has been captured and, for crimes against Muggleborn witches and wizards and Mugglekind, sentenced to life imprisonment in Azkaban.

He was apprehended shortly before Christmas by Leon Odessa, former Head Curse-Breaker at Gringotts Wizarding Bank. Auror-trained Odessa had spent 18 months undercover, developing a close relationship with D’Isigny and infiltrating his inner circle.

“Undercover work is difficult, mostly because it involved being away from my children and for their safety I was unable to provide them with a satisfying explanation.” Odessa said. “I missed my son’s first trip to Diagon Alley for school supplies, as well as his first Quidditch game. My daughter is at an age where every day there is something to miss, and I haven’t been there to help her prepare for her OWLs as I would have liked.”

Odessa’s involvement with the mission was officially known only to the Minister of Magic and to Evander Bole and Wesley Ferguson, the former and current Department Heads of Magical Law Enforcement.

"At the DMLE, we're all very proud of Odessa's work and dedication to seeing this case through. Thanks to him, justice has been delivered." Ferguson commented.

“It was necessary to keep the mission quiet for Odessa’s safety, and for the safety of his family.” The usually close-lipped Bole adds. “While I’m confident that we expelled the majority of cult sympathisers from the Ministry during my leadership of the DMLE –save for Recard, who the Minister had decided to deal with personally- you can never be too sure. Constant vigilance.”

Looking shocked at mention of Odessa’s involvement, Recard had this to say; "Wait, why are you asking me about this? Oh well, I guess it's a good day for the Minister to take down one of his biggest competitors. Mr. D'Isigny is a brilliant mind after all and really it's no surprise as to how he evaded capture this long. But yeah...um, good show Ministry."

Known as ‘The Prophet’, Martel D’Isigny, the head of the D’Isigny family believed unconditionally in the power of Wizardkind and the abolishment of the Statute of Secrecy. The D'Isigny family have been part of The Cult of Walpurgis for centuries. They were some of the original Knights of Walpurgis but chose not to join with Voldemort, seeing him as corrupted.

Other cult leaders, including Ikenna Gevrik, Gregory Shanklish, Ennis Provel, Alexander Wrekin, Ren Sakura, remain incarcerated in Azkaban after the failed coup, thanks to the efforts of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, and those Ministry workers who supported the recovery of the Ministry of Magic.

When asked for his opinion on the capture of D’Isigny, Head Auror Jaxton Tanner, who was responsible for apprehending Gregory Shanklish, commented, "He did a lot of wrong, and he's going to have plenty of time to think about the consequences to those actions in the coming years when he's sitting in his cell."

Christelle and Andrina Rochebarron and Gretchen Montasio as well as numerous others, were tried immediately following the coup but there was insufficient evidence of their involvement with the crimes committed by the Cult of Walpurgis. Charles D’Isigny, Martel D’Isigny’s son, is still at large.
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"Daily Prophet Reopens"
by Brutus Trimble



After being closed for most of the past season due to vandalism, The Daily Prophet has reopened its doors for business with a new editorial team headed by Layla Dacosta, Media Liaison for the British Ministry of Magic.

In order to provide a more efficient service for the British Wizarding community, Dacosta will continue to serve the Ministry of Magic as Media Liaison whilst ensuring that the Wizarding public are given important information in a timely and effective manner in her new role as Daily Prophet Editing Manager.

Dacosta, 28, promised "I'm here to provide the wizarding public with transparency.The problem with communication is the illusion that it has occurred.While the old management did a fair job in executing this task, I will ensure that the public is kept abreast of everything and anything that has impact on their lives."

The refurbishment of the Daily Prophet offices has been supported from the ground up by Minister Alexander Greingoth. In an official statement released from the Minister's Office, The Ministry believes working in conjunction with The Daily Prophet will allow channels of communication between the British Ministry and the Wizarding public to remain open so that Witches and Wizards can access newsworthy stories and up to the minute information as deemed relevant.

In conjunction with the Owl Post Office, subscriptions will resume immediately, with the first delivery free of charge for new subscribers.
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"Heads Roll in Diagon Alley"
by Charlotte Deveraux-Manning



Diagon Alley has welcomed a new shops to its street - The Shrunken Head Bowling Alley! The bowling alley is expected to give witches and wizards of all ages a new place to enjoy themselves. But in a sport where body parts are hurled down lanes for points, one has to wonder.

Have you ever been bitten by your bowling ball? At The Shrunken Head Bowling Alley, you could get bitten fingers, but you might also have a nice conversation with your ball, or enjoy the rancid fumes of rotting flesh as you play. Do you have the stomach for this new Diagon Alley sport?

If you puke your guts out, there's no worries because this establishment also provides some new tantalizing dishes for you to refuel with. These include the all together spicy flaming chili cheese fries and for the less daring they also have your typical refreshment bar staples. Even still, if you're not up for hurling heads or setting your tongue on fire, there is a gaming area complete with muggle arcade and table Quidditch.

Head out to The Shrunken Head Bowling Alley and enjoy this lovely place, shrunken heads and all, while it lasts.
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"Time Thief Escapes Arrest"
by Sylvester Rook



Amarantha De Talone was recently discovered to be the culprit behind the mysterious freezings occurring at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The criminal was forced to flee after recent confrontation with Hogwarts' students and staff. The confrontation left an additional two students frozen.

The British school has seen both students and staff falling victim to a freezing curse over the course of the term. All those affected by the curse appeared to have been in contact with a mysterious orb that had been discovered the term previous.

The orb was not the only peculiar artefact discovered by those residing in the Wizarding school. A locket was found during one of Calista Elwood's Divination lessons. The necklace contained a picture of a young redheaded girl that had an extreme likeness to that of Hogsmeade bookseller, Amarantha De Talone.

Discovering this connection, Hogwarts staff and students arrived at Tomes and Scrolls Bookshop to confront De Talone who, in fear of being discovered, froze a further two students and attempted to make an escape. Residents of Hogwarts worked together with other Hogsmeade shopkeepers to track De Talone down, resulting in a successful capture. De Talone admitted to her crimes, stating that she was stealing time from people in order to remain forever young. Before authorities could arrive to conduct an arrest, De Talone managed to steal the wand of an unsuspecting student and apparated to safety.

Leading the hunt for the Time Thief is the Ministry's own Magical Law Enforcement (MLE) team. Wesley Ferguson, MLE department head, released the following statement, "We've got an arrest warrant, interviews from witnesses, and 'Wanted' posters in the works." Ferguson instilled little confidence as to whether or not they were performing up to par after he added, "So, we're working on it. How about we do our jobs?"

The mysterious orb has since been destroyed and will no longer be of threat to the students and staff of Hogwarts. Those who were frozen during the term and the confrontation have all made a full recovery.

If you have any clues as to the whereabouts of Miss Amarantha De Talone, then we urge you to contact the authorities immediately. We at the Prophet would also love to hear any information that you may have in regard to this matter.
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"Headmaster Tate Bows Out"
by Brutus Trimble




Gaellen "Casey" Tate has announced his retirement as the Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The Prophet has not been able to reach Tate for comment and no reasons for his departure have been given.

"I wouldn't leave you if I didn't have to," Tate was heard telling a crowded End of Term Feast. The Prophet has not been able to confirm that Tate was forced to leave his position. He went on to tell students, "I've never been an educator," then added, "but I've always been a champion."

Tate, 43, began his reign as Headmaster in 2070, replacing the controversial and known werewolf Headmaster Reynard Bontecou. He came to Hogwarts after a stint with the International Task Force.

No names have been given yet to his replacement. Oliver Jenkins, Ancient Runes Professor; William Williamson, Care of Magical Creatures Professor; and Waylon Murdoch, Groundskeeper, will also not be returning to Hogwarts.
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"Who's Who: Former Headmaster Gaellen Tate"
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Recently, Headmaster Gaellen Tate and I corresponded via owl so we, the Wizarding world, could know him better. The former Gryffindor and member of the International Task Force got married two years ago to former Hogwarts Healer Caroline Avalon. The interview follows:

You're retiring as Headmaster at Hogwarts. I’m sure that wasn’t an easy decision. Do you have any plans for the future? Or are you taking a sabbatical?
Those who are close to me know that my family is very important to me. My daughter is about 18 months old now and we don't get to see each other nearly often enough, so I'm looking forward to spending time with her. I do have specific plans, but I don't feel the press needs to know about those.

In the seven years that you were Hogwarts Headmaster what was your most memorable moment?
I've had a number of moments over the years that will stick with me as I move into the next phase of my life. The terms I taught DADA were great fun, especially the paint-spell game we played in the classroom maze.

What was one of the most difficult decisions you had to make during your time as Headmaster?
I want to say that writing a letter of recommendation for a student to become a blasted Auror, but... that isn't very charitable. The decision to leave was probably the hardest I ever had to make.

What was your favorite part being Headmaster?
The personal relationships that develop between colleagues or with the students are some that I will treasure. I know my bearing and training made it difficult for me to be all warm and friendsy, but I have several students that I will probably keep in contact with for years to come.

What was your worst part being Headmaster?
Any pain or suffering that happened to any of the students while in my charge was taken as a personal failure on my part.

If there was anything you would have changed during your terms as Headmaster what would it be?
I'm a firm believer in living only facing forward. Regret only steals from the now.

What will you miss the most?
The food. No, probably the noise of the students. You don't know how quiet the world can be until you don't have several hundred teenagers always always talking and laughing and shoving each other and shuffling papers.

In your seven years at Hogwarts, who can you name as the most memorable?
I get the feeling you're trying to make me pick favorites. I had the opportunity to meet the brightest minds in their respective fields - Alchemy, Defense, Herbology, Cryptozoology. I count myself privileged to have worked with such fine minds.

Plan on returning to teaching in the future?
I never was a teacher. I don't have any intention of 'returning' to a field in which I never considered myself taking part.

Can you tell us who the next Headmaster will be? Or even a hint?
That decision is entirely up to the Board of Governors. Perhaps you should owl them?

Is there any words would you like to leave those us with?
Don't die? I would say thank you to the staff and students who made my tenure such a pleasure, and that I have confidence they'll continue to develop and grow long after I'm gone.

The Daily Prophet is certain there are many that would like thank "Tate" for the interview, as well as the work he has done for the school. He'll be missed by the staff and students of Hogwarts, as well as many of us in the wizarding community. His famous words 'Don't Die' will live in our hearts for many years to come! (Unless, of course, you die in the meantime...)
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"A Glimpse at Diagon Alley this summer"
by Charlotte Deveraux-Manning



The Prophet caught up with a few Diagon Alley shopkeepers and assistants just prior to the busy summer season to get their take (and to get our readers a few tips!). Take note, dear readers, because there are striking differences in the temperaments of shopkeepers in Diagon Alley when it comes to students and children.

When asked how the returning students, and the onslaught of prospective students would affect their stores Gavin McNally of Slug & Jiggers Apothecary replied,“the summer requires constant vigilance to make sure the shop doesn’t become a sea of glass and potions ingredients” later in he added that he “didn’t know what was worse clumsy new students or older ones wanting to fool around”. To this young reporter it seems that Mr. McNally is not a fan of these youthful spirits. Later when asked if he were looking forward to the arrival of the students and future students Mr. McNally responded as such. “From the business standpoint...yes, I do look forward to the summer and the students. This time of year is my busiest. And not all the students are bad. Though at times I look more forward for the END of summer.” Later he was asked what he looked forward to most, and least, about the summer. “Looking forward to most would have to be seeing others who actually seem...enticed by the field of potions making. Least would be keeping track of them all and worrying about crashes.”

A well respected assistant, Destiny Shepard seemed to have a different perspective than Mr. McNally. When asked what would change with the onslaught of new and returning students, Shepard responded in a somewhat puzzled, if not full out dippy. Perhaps she didn't understand the question. ".....Okay. Anyway. I think the onslaught of future students wouldn't really change anything about the way things are run at the Magical Menagerie. I mean, sure. We're going to have to order even more pets to say goodbye to, which is totally sad by the way. But, I've been working here for two years. If nothing changed last year, nothing will change ever. EVER!” When asked if she was looking forward to the arrival of the students , Shepard stated, after asking if the question was a trick, “I am actually looking forward to the students arriving. It's always exciting buying a new pet, or even another pet. I would know. I have like fifty of them. And with a whole bunch of people shopping in the Magical Menagerie, I get paid. Not that I didn't get paid before. I just mean I get paid even more. Which means more chocolate frogs for me! I like chocolate frogs.” Even if it were only the ability to get more chocolate frogs it seems that Ms. Shepard has a good idea of what being a shopkeepers means. She even later stated that she most looked forward to seeing the happy looks on the animals faces as they left for their new homes. Yet at the same time she hated it because it was one more animal leaving.

When Wiseacres shopkeeper Riley Newcomb allowed us to question him about his readiness and what he felt the influx of students would mean to the shop he seemed to be looking forward to the students arrival. As he said “Happy children, happy Riley it’s a win-win situation”. Still, as suspected Mr. Newcomb does also look out for the rotten apples as they were. He commented that “I've placed a number of charms and anti-theft spells and devices about, but that doesn't stop children from trying.” It seems that Mr. Newcomb is ready for the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to the arrival of the students. Still, even in economic times such as this it is plain to see that the more customers there are will always good for business.

Have a good summer, Readers, and a safe and thrifty trip to Diagon Alley. Stop into the Daily Prophet and buy a subscription if you haven't already!
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"Berty Borr for Hogwarts Headmaster?"
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Rumor and speculation has been swirling around the prestigious Headmaster/mistress position at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The Daily Prophet has received no official confirmation from the Board of Governors, but a few likely candidates have stepped into the limelight to claim the title.

"Lord" Berty Borr, former interim Minister of Magic, has recently boasted that he's the obvious choice to head up the school. Borr was overheard saying, "That school needs me! It's always needed me! The youth of Britain have never needed shaping up like they do right now! I'm ready to start right now! I'll be at the head of the table come September, or my name isn't Lord Borr!"

Cassandra Rae-Branxton, the long term former Headmistress of Hogwarts, has also had her name thrown into the pot as a potential new Headmistress. As the president of the Board of Governors, however, this nomination poses a conflict of interest. Also noteworthy is former Herbology Professor Anastasia Truebridge née Bunbury. Mrs. Truebridge has been teaching at a higher magical education university in Egypt since she left Hogwarts some years ago.

The current staff of Hogwarts can not be disregarded as potential candidates. Hecate Lafay, Minister Greingoth's wife, has a solid backing and resume full of impressive accolades that make her a formidable candidate. As the Head of Slytherin House for years, she would undoubtedly lead the top magical school to even higher standards. Maximus Vindictus, another long-standing member on the Hogwarts faculty and current Deputy Headmaster, has also been suggested for the position.

Have you, Readers, heard rumor or speculation of who the next Headmaster or Headmistress will be? We'd love to hear from you!
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"Hogwarts Headmistress Confirmed"
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The Prophet recently released an article speculating on who would become Gaellen Tate's successor as Headmaster of Hogwarts and we can now confirm that Anastasia Truebridge nee Bunbury has accepted the position. The former Herbology Professor informed the Prophet that she will be taking on the task of overseeing the education of our future generations of witches and wizards.

"It's the opportunity of a lifetime," was how the redheaded mother of one described her recent appointment, ecstatic that she beat out the number of applicants who also went for the job.

The Board of Governors made an interesting choice and Hogwarts is bound to see some incredible changes as a result. This reporter hopes, for example, that the safety of students at Hogwarts is no longer in jeopardy and with a real educator at the head of the table, the students can focus on education and not floating orbs.
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"Increased Board of Governors Presence Linked to Re-Elections, Public Relations"
by Brutus Trimble



With the end of the 2077-78 school year, and with news of student and staff freezings leaking out to the public, the Hogwarts Board of Governors has suddenly decided to make their presence known once more. Word has reached the Prophet that the Board of Governors plans to escort incoming Hogwartians on their traditional train ride back to school this year.

“Escorting is such a loaded word,” whined Board President Cassandra Rae-Branxton. “It implies the students are in some danger or require hand holding. The BoG [Board of Governors] wants to meet the students, get to know their needs a bit better, and re-experience the train ride.”

Although Branxton may be familiar with handling the ever-present spotlight of the press, some of her Governors counterparts are not so brilliant. Italian import, Ministry Undersecretary, and Board of Governors Secretary Ian Amoroso is trying to stay cheerful in light of his additional responsibilities: "I hope to make Hogwarts safer and have it associated with success and not freaky situations... like pirate ghosts and creepy orbs.”

Creepy orbs indeed. Where was the Board of Governors less than a year ago when more than two dozen students and staff were trapped in a mysterious, catatonic state due to such “creepy orbs”? Why was former Auror and Defense Against the Dark Arts expert Branxton not involved in the affairs of Hogwarts back then? Is the supposed “second coming of Dumbledore” afraid of going toe-to-toe with stubborn Hogwarts professors?

“Although past interventions at Hogwarts have been met with some resistance and resentment on the part of the Head and staff,” Branxton verified the above rumors, “the current Board of Governors feels strongly that closer scrutiny and involvement is warranted.” She went on to dance around specifics regarding the already chosen candidate for the position of Headmaster/mistress, but did seem eager welcome Tate’s replacement.

“We respect the staff, and we are delighted by the arrival of a new Headmistress, and it is our desire to work cooperatively to make Hogwarts stronger academically and safer for everyone."

When asked what ‘working cooperatively’ meant for the betterment of the students, President Branxton launched into a lengthy, clearly prepared speech: “Ideally, more participation from the Board means increased safety, improved attention to academic quality, and additional purview of the staff and their curriculums. We do not intend to hinder anyone, but we do hope to provide additional support and resources, as well as our collective educational experience.”

On the board along with fence-sitter Branxton and Amoroso are, at present, Vice President Anjelica Lainey, former Auror, Ravenclaw ghost, and History of Magic professor; and Treasurer Hops Lagerty, businessman and owner of the Three Broomsticks pub in Hogsmeade. With the Spring 2080 Board of Governors elections looming, however, one has to wonder what other eccentrics the board will add to its collection, and whether or not their desire for an ‘increased presence’ at Hogwarts is directly correlated to the impending elections.

“I personally think that's Flobberworm dung... wait can I say that?” commented Amoroso on the likely connection between the elections and the suddenly visible Board. “I think that's just plain dumb. I could care less about the election... Greingoth is a shoe-in anyway. Sour grapes. Yeah, that's what it is. Someone who knows they couldn't get Minister if they paid for it.” He finished his sentiment with a laugh and then added,

“Wait, you are talking about Minister elections?”
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"Flourish and Blotts to Host Book Signing"
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Flourish and Blotts is to host a book signing, open to the Wizarding Public, for Whizz Hard Books' newly published Plimpy Soup for the Wizarding Soul on Saturday 24th September from 9.00 a.m. until 2.00 p.m.

The winning contributor, Norma Smith, author of short story The Secret Ingredient, will be present to sign copies bought in store.

A limited edition hardback copy will be available at a discounted rate, pre-signed by all the contributors, and charmed to read itself out loud. The paperback edition will also be available. A goody bag is on offer with proof of purchase.

A nice hot mug of Plimpy Soup will be available free for all who attend.
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"Author Spotlight: Norma Smith"
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Norma Smith, the winner of the Plimpy Soup for the Wizarding Soul writing contest, has agreed to be interviewed about her winning story in the writing competition. Smith’s story takes place twenty years ago, with three of Mrs. Smith's grandchildren, her son's children, and is filled with emotions and tear-jerking moments of familial love.

I sat down with Smith over a cup of tea. The gentile and kind-hearted grandmother of three is someone all witches and wizards can look up to for inspiration. She answered all my questions with a sense of admirable pride.
In the story, she recollects making two batches of cookies with her grandchildren to illustrate what her cookies were made of.


When asked how many cookies she had made that day in particular - Norma chuckled through her answer, responding “Oh Merlin [...chuckles]! Enough to make any child have a sugar high for weeks, I'm sure. [chuckling again] Though, I'd have to say that at least thirty cookies were made that day” Thirty cookies is quite enough to make any child have sugar withdrawals for weeks on end.

“On that day, I was feeling like any other grandmother. It was time to get out everything needed for baking some cookies for my adorable grandchildren. When they asked what secret ingredient I used, I decided that they needed to figure that out for themselves. So I made another batch, but this time all three of them where watching me intently. It was quite an amusing sight to see. But all I can say is that I was one proud grandmother when they figured it out.” pausing for a moment to collect her thoughts Norma continued answering the second half of the question. “While writing my contribution, I realized just how old I had become," she commented with a glint in her eyes, then continued,"Actually, it was more or less like revisiting a memory that had been stored away in a Pensieve. It brought out a tear or two as I couldn't help but think just how much my grandchildren have grown since that day.”

Mrs. Smith said she learned to cook from a house elf named Alvina, not her own mother or grandmother. “Even as a young child, I loved everything about he kitchen. A lot of what I know I’ve learned from Alvina. But I didn’t start doing work with food the Muggle way until my Muggle Studies professor had a cooking class during my last year. He had us bake a batch of cookies from scratch. There was some secret ingredient that made them taste better than magic-made cookies prophet readers are going to have to buy Plimpy Soup for the Wizarding Soul to find out what it is. Once I found out what it was, I made it a habit of mine to cook and bake everything the way a Muggle would. It’s really loads of fun.”

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TerrorTours Traveling Agency seemed to have gone on a small vacation of it's own as it closed it's doors to the general public for a good number of months. However, the business owner of the specialist company seemed to have been doing some vigorous research during this hiatus, as they open for business once more with some interesting new holiday destinations.

Locations range from the ever cultured Italy to the positively curious Bermuda Triangle and no matter what sort of holidays you enjoy venturing on, the new TerrorTours range is bound to have something suitable to your tastes. They have even gone to the trouble to discover what activities are worth your while whilst you are vacationing, such as the extremely adventurous black water rafting, included in their New Zealand package, or maybe a relaxing day at the spa in Fiji is more your bag?

The TerrorTours reopening couldn't have been timed any more perfectly, either, with winter holidays soon upon us. Plus, as further incentive, if you are a Department Head in the Ministry of Magic or a Hogwarts Professor, then you will be entitled to some extremely attractive discounts.

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With the Ministry reopening after the holiday break, returning employees will find some changes in store for them. Merging with Magical Maintenance, a new department called the 'Ministry of Magic Specialty Area' has been created to better fit the needs of the wizarding community. “In the past, we've gotten applications from people who want to cook for us, watch our children, or heal us when we're ill," comments Alexander Greingoth II, Minister of Magic. "We didn't have those type job opportunities in the past, so we weren't able to hire for those positions. I've seen the need, though, here recently, to establish additional fields at the Ministry. These positions assist the employees and benefit the Ministry as a whole, and I'm excited to see what the new department can bring to the Ministry.”

Abilene Iris Schirmer recently moved from Muggle France with her daughter Rebecca to take over the position of department head for this new department. Schirmer attended Muggle University where she earned a degree in Business and Management.

The Ministry will kick off its reopening with an Employee Orientation for new and returning employees. The new employees will have a chance to get to know the team and feel welcome as well as get a chance to tour the Ministry and meet each of their coworkers, their department heads, and even the Minister himself.
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Well, Mum-at-a-loss, understandably your son seems to be going through a depression of sorts after losing, what will seem to him, everything life had to offer. I am presuming that the injury has left him vulnerable to extreme neuro damage and that is why he is unable to play. The brain is one of the most complex organs that can, at times, even stump the most intelligent of Healers.

I first recommend ice cream. It may seem silly, but there was research conducted recently from Dimitri Van Louten, an Australian wizarding mental health specialist, who discovered that ice cream can act as a more natural aid to depression than certain magical treatments and potions.

The next step will be for you to present him with his options. His dreams are shattered, sure, but if Quidditch is what he loves the most he should perhaps consider coaching or applying to the Department of Magical Games and Sports at the Ministry. Understandably, it won't be the same, but these could be some great alternatives that he could really enjoy.

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We have recently discovered that our son is a squib. Please, please, please tell us how to cure him? We've gone to every Healer that will see us and they have all refused us help. We're really desperate,

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The solution to your question is very simple. Pick up your son, turn him upside down and shake him for three minutes. Once the three minutes are up, drop him on his head and start dancing around him to your favourite We're Wolves song...

Let me make it PERFECTLY clear that the above does NOT actually work and, in fact, nothing does because there is NO cure. Your son simply does not show any magical abilities, it is not the end of the world as much as it may feel like it. The first thing you both need to learn is acceptance and I think some therapy will be of great benefit to you. I recommend you owl either Eleanor Wright or Carmen Spanz, who both have done specialist research in this area and have both helped me out incredibly when I first discovered my son was a squib. I hope you both can work this out, and I wish all the best for your son,

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My boyfriend has been spending a lot of his time practising Quidditch with his friends. He is determined to play pro, but the truth is he isn't even that good. In the past he has missed our anniversary dinners and forgotten about my birthday because his obsession with Quidditch is so out of control. I have tried to talk to him, but he says I am crazy and that I don't know what I am talking about. What else can I do?

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The Daily Prophet is sad to report that Professors Marion Burbage and Tristan Christiansen were eaten last week by a man eating Umbrella Vinora. Witnesses report that the professors were both snatched out of their classrooms and eaten before the very eyes of their pupils. Students are said to be in a panic and parents are threatening to bring home their children and not send them back for the next term. Has Anastasia Truebridge bitten off more than she can chew in taking the post of Hogwarts Headmistress? Headmistress Truebridge declined to give a statement when approached by our reporters.

Despite the new Headmistress' reluctance to give a comment on the matter, we were able to get quotes from two Hogwarts students. "I almost got eaten by a plant and blown up by my Charms professor, so that was cool," shares sixth year Milton Shacklebolt. 'It was terrifying watching two of your professors get dragged away like that and devoured. At least we were able to save Milton when the plant dragged him away. What made things worse was that it was the same plant that the house elves had presented the Headmistress at the beginning of the term at the opening feast. At least no house elves were eaten." says Kurumi Hollingberry, seventh year.

The over 1000-year-old institution can probably count on one wizard’s hand the number of quiet years it has seen since opening its doors. The plant was said to be cornered in the school’s greenhouse where it was destroyed by the combined efforts of the Hogwarts professors and students.

The Umbrella Vinora is characterized by long vines or tendrils of varying shades of green which spiral along its length. These vines were believed to be harmless until the Hogwarts incident. You'd think this article had provided enough shockers already haven't you? Well, here's another... we were led to further understand that following the destruction of the Umbrella Vinora, the library was set on fire destroying three quarters of the books there. Books that had been in the school library for hundreds of years. The school is most certainly on a tight budget and replacing those books with school funds will be near impossible.

Did Truebridge think it would do her any favors ending the school year with a bang? Or is this her sneaky way of getting the library refurbished to suit her tastes? If this is not the case, then maybe the Headmistress should stop channeling Albus Dumbledore from beyond the grave. I think we can all agree that Hogwarts has had enough excitement to last the staff and students a life time.
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Established in 1846, the Hogwarts Board of Governors has "a proud history of supporting Hogwarts and providing leadership and resources through times of growth and crisis alike," as the President of the Board, Cassandra Rae-Branxton, describes. With the once high standards at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry slipping in recent years, the Board of Governors has opened its doors and is now accepting applicants from the wizarding community to run for election to fill eight open Board positions. "The Board of Governors is in need of some good witches and wizards in order for us to make more educated and thought-out decisions for the students and staff of Hogwarts school, specifically in the area of funding," Treasurer Harold Lagerty adds.

Already letters of interest have been owled in from a diverse pool of candidates including recently graduated Hogwarts students and Ministry of Magic officials. "I'm going to personally vote for the candidates who fit in best with my school and my staff, especially those who share my vision of greatness for Hogwarts," current Hogwarts Headmistress, Anastasia R. Truebridge, states."I think what the Board of Governors needs right now are several diverse, but well-rounded individuals, all of whom have our children's collective best interests at heart."

All interested candidates are encouraged to owl letters of interest to Truebridge by the 1 of July.
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On Sunday August 27, 2079, the Leaky Cauldron hosted a Meet and Greet for the Board of Governors Candidates. It gave us in the wizarding world a chance to meet the candidates and ask them questions about who they are and what they hope to bring to the board.

Roxanne Carter, who a prosecutor for the Department of Magical Law Enforcement, stated that she is concerned about the way Hogwarts has become unsafe the last few years and wants to take part in making it a safer place.

Nolan Reynolds, Divination professor at Hogwarts from 2071-73, stated 'I want to be sure that all kids get training in all areas they're interested in.' He wants to make sure that we offer the students more opportunities to foster their creativity.

Erik Vinteren, originally from Oslo, Norway resides in Scotland, met his fellow candidates by depositing his drink on them. Maybe all jolly fun or maybe not? 'I also think children are the future, and we must do vhat we can to invest in them vhile they are still young, and modifiable.' Could that be due to English being a second language or did he mean it as he stated?

Althea Schirmer, who is the current Accidents & Catastrophes Department Head at the Ministry, also served as the Charms professor at Hogwarts from 2075-77. She also taught an introductory seminar to Alchemy a year after she left her professor position. She states, 'I have a vested interest in ensuring that Hogwarts protects its students and staff, and provides the Wizarding World with graduates of the highest standard, so that higher level Wizarding Education is an option for the majority, and garners more interest than what it currently does from today's youth.'

Ivy Knox is the professor of Herbology and Spagyrics at Athens Wizarding Institute, along with being the Deputy Headmistress there, teaches basic Alchemy seminars and lectures as well.

Selena Zabini-Riddle, an assistant at Florean Fortesque's, was the youngest candidate running for the board. She arrived with a bright smile and a 'Yo Yo Yo' for everyone and very sure of herself, introducing herself to candidates and those who were there to meet them.

Sherman Clark, an unspeakable from the Department of Mysteries, who might possibly have been the oldest candidate running for the board, arrived in his wheelchair. He taught a seminar at Hogwarts on the Time Room's bell jar.

Gavin Higareda arrived and appeared intent on circling the room, until a certain Erik Vinteren 'accidentally' spilled his drink down Gavin's shirt and on his pants.

Corineus Vanderbilt, who has a nephew who just graduated from Hogwarts, mentioned he was concerned about the curriculum that was being taught in Hogwarts and the dangers infiltrating the school.

Also in attendence to the meet and greet were: Cooper Cope, Carter Phillips who arrived with his new wife Destiny, Amelia Thorne, Atticus Aldredge, Layla Dacosta, and Lourdes Black, who is the Ministry's Magical Games & Sports Department head.

Andrew Rose was not in attendance at the Meet and Greet.

The Minister of Magic, Alexander Greingoth, made an appearance as did Headmistress Truebridge, Three Broomsticks owner Harold Lagerty, who is also the Treasurer for the Board of Governors, and Cassandra Rae Branxton, former Headmistress at Hogwarts and is now President of the Board of Governors. Ian Amoroso, the Ministry's Senior Undersecretary as well as the Board's secretary and Anjelica Lainey, Vice President of the Board, also attended the Meet and Greet.
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It seems the fashionable Headmistress Truebridge needs to go back into teaching - into teaching Fashion! Out of the 16 Board Candidates we spotted at the opening feast, only a mere four were dressed appropriately! Something simply must be done about these atrocious faux-pas!

Those who hit the mark in their dinner attire included former professor Althea Schirmer, wearing black, white, red, and a handsome Deputy Headmaster on her arm; foreigner Erik Vinteren, who looked timeless and dangerously attractive in a suit from Savile Row; Ministry Prosecutor Roxanne Carter outshining her competition in a glam one-strap dress; and Layla Dacosta-McLaughlin, who was simply glowing in her alleged maternity wear.

The freshly-married woman was spotted sporting more than just a slimming, all-black one-shoulder dress at the feast - she was also showing off her growing baby bump! How ever will the Ministry Media Liaison and Daily Prophet Managing Editor find the time to raise a child AND run for the Board? Her priorities remain to be seen but for now rest assured that she has not put her style on the back burner.

Candidates who missed the fashion milestone included the mysterious Ivy Knox, who wore leather pants and studded gloves more suitable for a motorcycle ride than a school feast, and Ministry Department Head Lourdes Black. Black could have been spotted from King's Cross Station in her blinding, neon orange dress and matching accessories. It may be fall at Hogwarts but isn't it a bit soon to be breaking out the pumpkins, madam?

By far, the biggest offender to our precious eyes was wizarding radio personality Cooper Cope. Cope is always at the top (or should we say bottom?) of the worst-dressed lists whenever he appears in person in public, which is perhaps why he succeeded at a career in radio and not in anything else ever.

Cope managed to find (mostly) men's clothing for the Hogwarts feast, which is an achievement in and of itself, despite wearing an offensively purple three-piece suit and girly pinky ring. This is, at least, a step up from his outfit at the Leaky Cauldron Candidate Meet-and-Greet over the summer. There, Cope was seen in a verified vintage women's Dynasty blazer from 1982 with loud, eye-bleeding Velcro-attached shoulder pads. This description may mean nothing to readers who are colour-blind or blind in general, but the rest of the population should be retching in their mouths as we are.

Candidates on the borderline of the fashion war were Carter Phillips (nice outfit, but ugly tie); Andrew Rose (a tuxedo is doing it well, but a white tuxedo is trying way too hard); Amelia Thorne (you have lovely skin, would it kill you to wear something a little spicier?); and the other males who were all dressed rather similarly and rather boringly.

The one piece of advice this reporter can give to those vying for votes in the upcoming election? Invest in a stylist. You never know, your fashion sense might just save your spot on the Board. And Merlin knows many of you need it!
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As if the death of two professors by flesh-eating plant was not enough to set Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry back several years, the fire instigated by the entity Isfret that destroyed the school's library's Reference Section certainly did. With three-quarters of the books turned to ash, the Board of Governors has teamed up with the Hogwarts professors to host a costume party fundraiser in the Hogwarts library to help raise funds to repair the extensive damage. "I'm so, so excited for the fundraiser and the auction," states Hogwarts' librarian, Leobald Kitridge. "I hope everyone comes and spends lots of money and donates lots of books to benefit the students."

With the simple donation of five galleons or a book for those over the age of seventeen (eight sickles or a book for those not yet of age), all Hogwarts students, Hogwarts staff, Ministry employees, Diagon Alley businessmen, women, and patrons are invited attend this fundraiser party dressed as their favorite book characters. The fundraiser's main attraction will be an auction where all proceeds go to the Hogwarts library. "The fire shambled the library pretty badly and left us rather desperate for books and galleons," Kitridge laments. "Don't leave your spender pants at home. People should come and contribute and have fun!"

The fundraiser is slated to begin the 13th of October at 12:00 pm in the Hogwarts library.
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I would like to take a brief moment to introduce myself to the lot of you. That's right... this isn't Sylvie. Different gender, new advice, NEW FUN! Well, I am not so sure about the fun part seeing as you are supposed to be writing in for advice, but ya know.

I'm Alexandra Kennedy, but I prefer to be called Lexi. I am a twenty one year old mother of twins and have had a LOT of ups and downs. I am a former writer of gossip, a yearbook editor and senior writer, as well as MANY other things that I shan't go into at the moment. If you would like a lady's view on things when asking your questions, please do not hesitate to send them my way!

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What's a girl to do when you move across to another country and realize feel like a friendless loser? Do you have any ideas or tips on how to meet new people? Flash mobs? Randomly slapping someone on the street? Any ideas will help.

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It is ALWAYS difficult to acclimate yourself to new surroundings and often times even more difficult to open yourself up to strangers. I get it! I have moved all over the continent in the past few years and I too have had the same kinds of issues. What I suggest is that you simply be your awesome self! Don't try anything flashy or silly to get others' attention, dear. Just introduce yourself and try to find common ground. What's the worst that could happen? You could realize that you and the intended target have nothing in common and you move on to someone else. That's it. Nothing to fear!

I suggest you take a teaspoon of Essence of Gryffindor and just GO RAWRR!

Yours Ever So Truly,

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On the 13th of October, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry played host to a hugely successful library fundraiser sponsored by the Hogwarts Board of Governors. "I am ever so pleased with the turnout we received at the library event. Not only did we raise enough galleons to restore MORE than just the reference section, but we ALSO created a financial 'safety bubble,' so to speak, for future ah, crises at the school," Hogwarts Headmistress Anastasia Truebridge shares. "I don't anticipate any more disasters like the library fire, but now we can always plan for little repairs around the school and can perhaps even update some areas that were lacking! I'm so excited and so grateful to all who attended our event."

Attendance was high as people from all over the wizarding world, including the Minister of Magic himself, flocked to show their support and share their galleons. "It was really nice to see how many members of the faculty and students, past and present, care about the library and our school," current Hogwarts fourth year Ella Bishop reflects. Those in attendance certainly did not leave their 'spendy pants' at home as over 156,000 galleons were raised for the Hogwarts library. The majority of these galleons came from the auction where Hogwarts staff and Board of Governors members and candidates generously donated items, and even themselves, up for bid. "The children at Hogwarts deserve to have their Library in tip top shape," explains Kathryn Gunter, grandmother to Hogwarts' sixth year Oakey Gunter, who bid 150,000 galleons on a vial of Felix Felicis. "If my contribution can make the smallest improvement, I'll be glad I decided to attend the Auction."

All those galleons were put to good use immediately and in less than a month all upgrades and renovations were completed. Hogwarts librarian, Leobald Kitridge, praised all those who came to the fundraiser to donate both books and money as being a key part to making all this possible. "I'm so happy that so many came to the fundraiser and were so generous," he shares. "Seeing so many people come to contribute to the restoration of the library has warmed this librarian's heart immensely."

Hogwarts reopened its Reference Section on Friday, November 15th with a small ribbon cutting ceremony in which current Board of Governors members, Board of Governors Candidates and the Daily Prophet's journalists were in attendance.
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"First Board of Governors Debate
Splashes into Hogsmeade"

by Gertude Asia Santerinabria


Just before Hogwarts went on break for the winter season, students, professors, members of the public and Hogsmeade villagers alike were treated to a show in the center of their village as three Board of Governors candidates were dumped into icy vats of cold water.

The debate was run by a panel of three students, one of which was a candidate's relative, who introduced the assembled candidates and then asked them blanket questions. After several rounds of the arguably boring questions, persons in attendance at the debate were asked to vote on ballots beneath their chairs. The three candidates who received the fewest votes had their bums unceremoniously glued to their chairs as they were levitated straight up into the air and over into a large tank of frigid water.

Daily Prophet Managing Editor Layla Dacosta, bookstore owner and former professor Nolan Reynolds, and author and educational expert Amelia Thorne were the three selected by the audience to receive a dunking, as based on their terrible performances in the debate.

"Well, being dunked was definitely a shock," stated Reynolds. "I felt extremely confident up there and knew that my answers were well thought out and delivered professionally. However, I think this shows that all of the candidates are highly qualified, and I can safely say that what happened was there were so many qualified candidates to choose from, that someone who did well had to get dunked, and that happened to be me!" Reynolds did not address the fact that candidate Andrew Rose, who was not even attendance at the debate, was not dunked. He added, "I'm confident that I will be able to jump back into my rightful place in the rankings during the next debate and this is but a small setback that has no real effect on my drive or campaign as a whole."

Ministry Department Head Althea Schirmer, businessman Erik Vinteren, Ministry employee Sherman Clark, and Quidditch professional Carter Phillips were the top four candidates as decided by this early polling. Phillips came dressed for a dunking and was purportedly disappointed by staying dry, whereas Schirmer and several of the other candidates had a noticeable case of loose lips throughout the entire debate. Long-winded answers might have won Schirmer a few votes with the crowd, but they certainly didn't win her any favor with a few sleepy students in the crowd nor with Hogwarts Headmistress Anastasia Truebridge. Truebridge was seen snoring throughout half the debate and only woke up at the closing ceremony. Perhaps there was something in the water at this event.

The debate was hosted by the Hogwarts Debate Planning Committee and Muggle Studies Professor Gemma Cerulean. The second debate will be January 1, 2080 at the Ministry of Magic.
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